Two Capitol Police officers, James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, have sued former President Donald Trump for the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The lawsuit claims that the former President "inflamed, encouraged, incited [and] directed" the mob that stormed the Capitol nearly three months ago. During the riots, Hemby says he was "sprayed with chemicals" and "crushed against the doors" of the Capitol. Blassingame says he injured his neck and back after being slammed against the column. Through the lawsuit, Blassingame and Hemby are seeking $75,000 in damages.
"[Blassingame] is haunted by the memory of being attacked, and of the sensory impacts -- the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes of the attack remain close to the surface. He experiences guilt of being unable to help his colleagues who were simultaneously being attacked; and of surviving where other colleagues did not," the lawsuit states.
Adding to the lawsuit, Hemby says he started bleeding during the incident. Not to mention, Blassingame says members of the violent mob hurled racial slurs at him during the riots.
"He lost count of the many times the racial slur was hurled at him," the lawsuit adds.
This is the first time Capitol Police officers have sued the former President for his connection to the riots, but it is not the first time he has been sued. Earlier this year, the former President was hit with two lawsuits from Democratic lawmakers. All three lawsuits remain in the early stages and Trump's lawyers have not responded. With that said, Trump has repeatedly denied any involvement in the riots.
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